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Charlie Elphicke fails in bid to challenge sentence as it emerges he contracted coronavirus in prison

Charlie Elphicke, the disgraced former Tory MP, contracted coronavirus whereas in prison for sexual assault and at one level was saved locked in his cell for 47-hours, the Court of Appeal has heard.

The 49-year-old, who used to be the MP for Dover, was jailed last September after he was convicted of groping two women almost a decade apart.

Elphicke launched a authorized bid to have his 24 month prison sentence diminished or suspended, with legal professionals arguing that the unique punishment had been extreme.

But the Court of Appeal rejected his application regardless of listening to how he had contacted coronavirus whereas in prison.

Rachna Gokani representing Elphicke, mentioned he had not seen his teenage son for six months and had been compelled to transfer jail 4 instances due to errors and the influence of the pandemic.

At one stage she mentioned Covid-19 restrictions meant he had been compelled to spend 47-hours locked in his cell.

She informed the court docket: “He was in quarantine for a complete of eight weeks due to motion between 4 completely different prisons, on one event due to an error by Southwark crown court docket.

“He contracted Covid and was in isolation for 2 weeks.

“He is in a really completely different scenario to the conventional scenario, the place not one of the regular actions to make sure the father or mother and little one proceed their relationship – none of that’s in place.

“On one occasion, Mr Elphicke was not taken out of his cell for 47 hours.”

She mentioned there was “strong personal mitigation” to counsel his custodial sentence ought to have been suspended.

But Lady Justice Carr, sitting with Mr Justice William Davis and Mr Justice Calver, rejected the application, insisting the unique sentence had been applicable given the gravity of the offences.

Elphicke, a former authorities whip, lost his career and his marriage when he was convicted of sexually assaulting two girls, the primary at his residence in 2007 and the second in Westminster in 2016.

His spouse, Natalie Elphicke, who took over as Conservative MP for his Dover seat, introduced the top of his marriage on Twitter, shortly after the jury delivered its verdict at Southwark Crown Court final July.

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